Iran reaches out to rivals in Gulf monarchies

Fresh from his triumphant return from the nuclear agreement in Geneva, Iran’s media-friendly foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, is making dramatic overtures for better relations with some of its fiercest enemies, the Sunni-led monarchies of the Gulf states.

Mr Zarif visited three of the six Gulf monarchies, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, on Sunday and Monday, fresh from meeting his opposite number from a fourth, the United Arab Emirates, in Tehran last week. The tour came ahead of the next stage in Iran’s wider diplomatic rehabilitation today when Britain’s newly-appointed charge d’affaires, Ajay Sharma, will visit Tehran to meet his opposite number, Hassan Habibollah-Zadeh.

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